Pit - We are borrowing a pit from a co-workers friend. Its a trailer mounted off set smoker. 24 -26 inch diameter about 6 foot cooking chamber. In the past we always tried to maintain 250F but always seemed to be rushing to get our meats to internal temps by turn in. Normally we are just winging it. This year I am trying to have a plan.....
Judging - its just other co-workers and executives on the judging. Nothing as far as trained judging. About 10-12 people. The remainders (if any) of the open goes to the buffet line after judging. Its only bragging right for awards.
Water oak - Came down during Ike. But as stated not split.